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Sludge Metallers HOGSLAYER announce second album and UK tour

Wednesday 4th March, 2015

Sludge metal outfit HOGSLAYER are set to release their second album Defacer via cult label Undergroove Records on May 4th 2015.

The follow up to 2013's self titled release, Defacer showcases 8 tracks of evocative misery, infused with throat-stripping vocals that churn over sludgey, low slung grooves and hulking riffs. Hogslayer's second album promises big and delivers bigger.

Formed in 2012, the year the world ended, Hogslayer rose from the ashes of Shaped By Fate and Zonderhoof, dragging with them their dank, squalid musical output.

For a taster of the band's sound, watch the video for the track Despiser:



Says Hogslayer bassist Grym av Skugga:

"Defacer is the result of us heading in a heavier and darker direction. We've made the decision to incorporate two bassists rather than two guitarists and taken a stripped down approach to the writing process, leaving a bleak and abysmal dissonance in its place. It’s our take on doom-ridden sludge and we’re looking forward to people hearing it.”

Having previously slaughtered the stage at Bloodstock Festival, the band are now set to tour the UK throughout March and April with more dates and festival appearances being added throughout the summer. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Mar 25 Kraak, Manchester, UK
Mar 26 Downstairs, Aberdeen, UK
Mar 27 Cerberus Bar, Dundee, UK
Mar 28 Gorilla Studios, Hull, UK
Mar 29 The Moon, Cardiff, UK
Apr 05 The Moon, Cardiff, UK
Apr 11 Hollowfest Doom All-Dayer, Bristol, UK
May 02 Red Sun Festival, Cardiff, UK
Aug 20 The Wheatsheaf, Oxford, UK

Keep up to date with tour info here.

Hogslayer's album Defacer is set for worldwide release through Undergroove Records on May 4th, 2015.

Hogslayer is:

Lord Bastard – Throat
Barren Drakk – Guitar
Grym Av Skugga – Bass
Damek Ômsk - Bass

Max Von Beek – Drums

For more information:

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Hogslayer website



Tracklisting:

1: Slowhawk

2: Despiser

3: Wülfbaanger

4: Bludgeon

5: Burn Them Out
6: Warcries
7: Bastards Of Reality
8: This Spiteful Cycle

INTRODUCING: dirt confirmed for Takedown Festival, announce new single ‘Insomnia’ and tour dates; debut EP ‘Mirrors’ out now!

Tuesday 3rd March, 2015

Alt-rockers dirt have recently birthed their musical journey, but it hasn’t been an easy ride. After a lot of patience and extensive searching to find the perfect line-up, the band released their debut EP Mirrors last month and sold out their debut live show at London’s O2 Islington Academy 2.

Check out the band’s video for their lead single Bonds:



Purchase Mirrors here.

Since then, the band have performed at a Camden Rocks showcase at The Barfly and have been confirmed to perform at Takedown Festival next month, before they embark on their first ever tour alongside Pavilions, Adelphia and Breathe In The Silence.

Current live show dates are as follows:

Sat 7th March – Takedown Festival, Southampton University
Thu 19th March – The Lomax, Liverpool
Fri 20th March – The Bodega, Nottingham
Sat 21st March – Metric Bar, London (headliner)
Sun 22nd March – The Scene, Swansea
Fri 27th March – Underworld, London (w/ Fell Out Boy, The Afterparty)
Sat 30th May – Camden Rocks Festival

The quintet are thrilled to announce that their new single Insomnia will be released in mid-April, details of which will be revealed in the near future as well as further tour dates!

dirt are:
Alistair Keenan – Vocals
Perry Sinclair – Drums
Nikhil Aggarwal – Guitar
Dan Kidney – Guitar
Abdul Hasaballa – Bass

For further information:

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dirt Twitter
dirt website

Instrumental post-rockers ESCHAR announce new album; unveil brand new track via ArcTanGent Festival

Tuesday 3rd March, 2015

Soaring about the grimy sludge and drudgery of daily life are lofty instrumental act ESCHAR, who are proud to present their new full-length album Nova on April 3.

To catch a glimpse of Eschar's continually evolving sound, head over to ArcTanGent Festival's Facebook page, where the band are premiering the title track from the upcoming album.

And grab your pre-orders here.

Post-rock is undeniably a vague term, hiding a vast array of different sounds and influences. In one fell swoop Eschar manage to traverse the post-rock spectrum, from the ethereally spacious, to groove-laden, snarling riffs. Metal to post-rock and back again - this is an instrumental record where every musician becomes the frontman.

A serious step up from their last release, Nova is evidence of a tighter, more focused band, a group who have previously supported 65daysofstatic, Maybeshewill, and *shels. Set to play ArcTanGent 2015 and with more tours in the pipeline, the future looks bright for Eschar.

Nova tracklisting:

1) Aphotic
2) Monolith
3) Nova
4) Echoes and Reflections
5) Discovery One
6) Falling Faintly Through the Universe
7) This Is Not for You
8) Turn Skyward
9) Contact Light


UK TECH-FEST announces 16 more bands including BETRAYING THE MARTYRS, LEPROUS and AGENT FRESCO

Tuesday 3rd March, 2015

UK TECH-FEST announces another 16 bands including fast-rising French metalcore band BETRAYING THE MARTYRS, prog metallers LEPROUS and alt-math-rockers AGENT FRESCO.

They are joined by:

Aliases
Destiny Potato
The Interbeing
Heavy Metal Ninjas
Promethee
Shattered Skies
Mask of Judas
Slaughter To Prevail
No Sin Evades His Gaze
The Voynich Code
The Colour Line
Voices From The Fuselage (featuring Ashe O'Hara - ex TesseracT)
Bad Sign


Agent Fresco will also be playing a very special acoustic set.

They join Decapitated (UK Exclusive), The Contortionist (UK Exclusive), Haken, Cyclamen, Slice The Cake (Worldwide Exclusive Debut), Plini (Europe Exclusive Debut), Sithu Aye (Worldwide Exclusive Debut), Novelists, Shokran (UK Exclusive Debut), The Room Colored Charlatan, Sectioned, The Dali Thundering Concept, Kardashev, The Parallel, FOES, She Was The Universe and Hieroglyph.

Many more bands including two more headliners are to be announced, as well as after-parties, workshops and seminars, so stay tuned for more updates soon!

Tickets are £59.95 plus £20 camping, available to purchase here.

For more information:

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Tech Fest is once again working with Metal Hammer, Zilla, Double Slit Guitars, Jagermeister, Ibanez, North Custom Drums, got-djent.com, Raw Audio Solutions and Ohmz Sound Services. Tech Fest is also very excited to announce partnering with Hands On Printing who are second stage sponsors, Stay Close Clothing as official clothing partner, Moomin Merchandise and Big Fish Rentals Ltd.

Tech Fest organiser Simon Garrod comments on the new partnerships:

"Hands On Printing - Our dear friend Ryan has been printing our merch since the beginning. We are pleased to confirm Hands on Printing as Second Stage sponsors for UKTMF! Please welcome them and raise a glass to the "Hands on Printing Stage".

"Moomin Merchandise - These guys are hard at work creating glass-wear/zippos/hip flasks and bottle openers for UKTMF 2015.

"Big Fish Rentals Ltd - Special thanks to Big Fish Rentals who will be providing us with a very fancy keyboard to help out our friends Leprous and Agent Fresco to use at Tech-Fest 2015. Anyone needing to hire musical gear in the UK drop them a message and mention that you heard about them from us!

"Stay Close Clothing - These guys are are joining us as our official clothing partners. They have a wide range of their own merch designs so head over and check them out! We thank them for their support, you can expect a huge range of Stay Close Clothing Merch on sale at UKTMF 2015!"


Deadly Circus Fire sign worldwide deal with Musicarchy Media to release new album

Tuesday 3rd March, 2015

Progressive metallers DEADLY CIRCUS FIRE are very excited to announce signing to new independent label Musicarchy Media who will release the band's highly anticipated new album The Hydra's Tailor this May.

The band have released the following album teaser:



Following a successful PledgeMusic campaign raising over £10k, Deadly Circus Fire were approached by Musicarchy Media, whose ethos, strategy and passion felt like the perfect fit.

Guitarist Save Addario explains:

"We are very excited to announce that Deadly Circus Fire have signed a great record deal with Musicarchy Media. It's difficult these days to find a label that would invest a lot into a band. It seems most labels are more and more the McDonalds of the music industry where they deliver "fast food" music. It's not just about the financial side of things, but the great commitment and passion that this new label with an old school approach has to offer."

Founded by former Skylark vocalist Kiara Laetitia, Musicarchy Media is a new label, management and booking agency set up to promote artistic excellence for music fans with the artists' interest at the heart of the business.

Kiara comments on signing Deadly Circus Fire:

"Deadly Circus Fire is a unique band with a very unique sound. They're heavy as hell but then there's something so melodic about everything they do...there's mind, body, sweat and soul in every single note of their music...it's hard to explain in words - you just have to check them out to fully understand what I'm talking about. That's why I decided I wanted them with us!"

Kiara's music career has spanned more than a decade working with Skylark and Virgin Steele's David De Feis on her solo material, achieving global success including two top five albums in Japan. Having worked with many labels and been a part of many deals, she felt there was a huge gap in the market for a label with an artist focused business model; in 2014 she took the leap to set up Musicarchy, which is exactly that. She continues:

"Musicarchy Media is all about delivering great music by awesome bands, making sure our artists are as satisfied as possible with what the label is doing for them, and last but not least we are committed to investing on their growth which is something that most labels don't do anymore. My belief is that the best music can only be the result of a relaxed yet professional working environment and this is what we offer at Musicarchy Media".

The Hydra's Tailor was produced, engineered and mixedmusical master piece and an by Phil Kinman throughout the autumn of 2014. Beautiful melodies, sinister overtones and crushing riffs are weaved into creative arrangements and bold songwriting, creating an epic progressive metal journey. A must listen for fans of Tool, Mastodon and Deftones.

The Hydra's Tailor follows on from the band's debut album The King and the Bishop which received critical acclaim from Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine and more.

The Hydra's Tailor tracklisting:

01. In Darkness We Trust
02. Animal
03. Where It Lies
04. Victim
05. Devil's Opera
06. Rise Again
07. Martyrs
08. House Of Plagues
09. Aeden
10. The Hydra's Tailor
11. Turning The Tide
12. Universe


Find out more:

Deadly Circus Fire Facebook
Deadly Circus Fire Twitter
Deadly Circus Fire website
HDeadly Circus Fire YouTube

Musicarchy Media Facebook
Musicarchy Media website

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